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February, 2010

I believe that the highest compliment I can give to Mile High Dive Club is that my daughter has never been happier in her many years of athletics.  As so many divers do, Melissa came out of an extensive gymnastics background.  As she was entering into Level 10 competition, she was plagued by injuries and understandably discouraged.  Our family’s running joke, even though it isn’t funny at all, is that when you get to know the emergency room employees on a first name basis, it is time to try something different. 

Our neighbors, the Bush family, also had a Level 10 gymnast turned diver at MHDC as a senior in high school.  Aubrey has gone on to become a very successful college diver at the University of New Mexico.  Going into her junior year in high school, Melissa was ready to move on and told us she would give diving one month and see how it went.  It obviously went very well because she has never looked back.  Now, she has graduated from high school and has quite a list of accomplishments under her belt as a diver, none being any bigger than her numerous scholarship offers from Division 1 universities all over the country.  We realize that she never would have had so many opportunities in gymnastics, and we are so grateful to MHDC for everything they have done for her (and for us, her parents). 

Not only has diving opened many doors for Melissa, the program itself is so different from what we have experienced in her past athletic pursuits.  The coaches bring out the positive in their athletes through praise and encouragement and without pressure or criticism, and they are highly respected and well known by college diving coaches throughout the country.  So if you are looking for a sport and a club that will produce a well rounded individual, we highly recommend Mile High Dive Club.  Whether your child has been in another sport for years, or if he or she is just beginning their athletic endeavors, MHDC will support your child on all fronts. Our experience with them has been exceptional and we are so honored to have been a part of their team.  By the way, Melissa is still following in the footsteps of Aubrey Bush and has chosen to pursue her college diving career on a scholarship to the University of New Mexico.

All the best to Mile High Dive Club and thank you once again!

PS. Just thought I'd let all of you know that as a result of all of the excellent training Melissa has received at Mile High, she received dozens of awards at last night's swim and dive banquet for her high school.  She was also awarded the MVP Award, and no one could believe that she has only been diving for a mere 17 months.  It says a lot for her coaches.  The high school coaches have also submitted her application for All American.  Thanks for everything!!!

-Susan  Bollig, Parent


November, 2009

I spent some time thinking about why I choose MHDC first and above all other clubs.  I want you to know that it has a large part to do with the MHDC philosophy.

Cultivating life skills though the sport of diving.

This is so very, very important.  Most of the kids who we will come across as athletes will have a lifespan of at most 5-15 years in the sport (at best), but they will be ‘people’ their entire lives.  When we often times will spend more direct time with these athletes than their parents, the lessons of life we teach them through our sport will carry them throughout their lives.  Accountability, humility, teamwork, leadership, just to name a few are all traits that create successful productive people in today’s world.  Too many coaches and clubs to day focus on the sport, winning, and their own image.  Diving is so very small scale in the big picture of life, but we are so very fortunate to have it as our tool to help teach and inspire many young people today.  It provided so much for me in my life and I hope can do my part as to do the same for future generations.

That is all, I think MHDC is great and you guys do a fantastic job.  Keep it up, I will always be in your corner.

-Luke Richmond, Partner, RipTide Pool Management


June, 2009

Sadie joined Mile High the spring of 2006 and was placed on the JO team.  At that point her only significant experience with diving was high school as a freshman.  She joined the pre-senior team in the fall of 2007 and she signed with Evansville in the fall of 2008.  She received a total scholarship of 55% of the total cost of tuition, room and board, plus 100% of books.  The scholarship is about half academic and half athletic.  We appreciate all the time and help you have given Sadie, it is definitely worth the cost!

-Sherri Wells,  Parent

Thank you for your hard work making things happen for MHDC. My husband and I feel fortunate that Madelyn "happened upon" your club. She is truly loving diving and thinks Mike and Charlie are the best. If I, as a parent, can help my child develop her passions and dreams in life, then I can ask for nothing better. MHDC has been a wonderful instrument for Maddy to try out a passion, and fly with it.

-Cindy Loehr, Parent

I have had two divers who have trained with MHDC over the past 5 years and they have matured as athletes, developed tremendously as divers, and gained enormous self confidence. This program is solidly based and executed. The coaches are the best in the country and the development of the divers is testimony to their skill level. The MHDC program is an exceptional program for divers of all levels.

-Kathy Smith, Parent

As a parent coming in to the club with an athlete who has been in gymnastics for 7 years, I really appreciate how the coaches treat members of the team with respect and positive coaching methods. I also like how supportive the team members are with each other. It is a great atmosphere for participation and reward - regardless of the athlete's abilities. My son is actually having a great time diving and looks forward to going to each practice.

-Steve Cohen, Parent

Our family was involved in gymnastics for over 35 years from recreation programs to national championships and international competition.   Injuries in gymnastics required our son, Preston, to leave the sport after 13 years of training.   He received a full scholarship to a private, division one, program (Southern Methodist University) after only diving for 2.5 years with MHDC.  This has enabled him to pursue an excellent, higher education in mechanical engineering and math.

Preston's two younger brothers thoroughly enjoy their practices with the coaches at Mile High and our sons' transition from Olympic Training Center gymnastics to diving with MHDC has been much more rewarding than we ever expected.   We are all very grateful for the discipline, friendships and opportunities that MHDC has offered.

-The Holcombe Family